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Translating Truth: The Case for Essentially Literal Bible Translation

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This book, by five translators of the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible, explains the differences between essentially literal translations and the alternatives.

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Published November 8th 2005 by Crossway
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Coral Rose
As a reader of a Greek New Testament myself, I especially enjoyed Collins’ essay “What the Reader Wants and the Translator Can Give: First John as a Test Case.” He looked directly at the Greek words and then how the essentially literal, moderately dynamic and fully dynamic translations treated them. Using just that, he showed how much personal interpretation (I use that term cautiously) is lost when the dynamic translation interprets the basic message into something different. As a child who gre ...more
Todd Wilhelm
I thought chapters 1 (Are Only Some Words of Scripture Breathed Out by God? By Wayne Grudem) and 2 (Five Myths About Essentially Literal Bible Translation, by Leland Ryken) were excellent. Chapters 3 (What the Reader Wants and the Translator Can Give: First John as a Test Case, by C. John Collins) and 4 (Truth and Fullness of Meaning: Fullness Versus Reductionistic Semantics in Biblical Interpretation, by Vern Sheridan Poythress) were very detailed and probably appeal more to the scholarly minde ...more
Matthew
Well written essays on the necessity of translating scripture word for word from the original languages. Collins and Ryken's articles were especially helpful.
William Dicks
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Dustin
Great resource that gets to the point from several different authors. I especially like the way they handled comparing the translation difference. Easy to read and very informative.
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